Jewish Journal

I’m a Daddy!

By Mark Paredes

October 13, 2013 | 11:28 pm

My lovely wife delivered a beautiful baby girl last week, and we couldn’t be happier. It is the first child for both of us, and we feel unbelievably blessed to be parents. At this point I... read on

  • The Meaning of Racism

    By Mark Paredes

    September 30, 2013 | 11:32 pm

    I work in Santa Monica several days a week, and every time I’m in the city I grab the Santa Monica Daily Press newspaper first thing in the morning to see what’s going on. I mainly read the paper for three features: the “What’s up Westside” calendar on the inside page, the “News of... read on

  • King Benjamin and Sukkot

    By Mark Paredes

    September 22, 2013 | 11:10 pm

    During the Sukkot holiday, I always take time to read the account of King Benjamin’s address in the Book of Mosiah in the Book of Mormon. Many Mormons believe that he gave this famous speech during Sukkot, and the scriptural evidence for this is pretty impressive.

    Mormons believe... read on

  • My Greek Orthodox, Yom Kippur, Kaparot Weekend

    By Mark Paredes

    September 16, 2013 | 12:48 am

    It was a memorable interfaith weekend for my LDS congregation in Koreatown. On Saturday we visited St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, whose dean, Fr. John Bakas, is one of the city’s leading religious figures. My wife was raised in the Romanian Orthodox Church, and retains a great... read on

  • Why the U.S. Should Not Attack Syria

    By Mark Paredes

    September 10, 2013 | 12:06 am

    Once in a while I set aside Jewish and/or Mormon themes in order to address pressing issues of the day (e.g., whether Lionel Messi plays soccer as well as Diego Maradona did). Such an opportunity now presents itself with the upcoming congressional votes on Syria. Every serious... read on

  • A Childfree Life and Mormonism

    By Mark Paredes

    August 15, 2013 | 10:01 am

    Lauren Sandler’s recent Time cover story on childless-by-choice couples, The Childfree Life: When Having It All Means Not Having Children, reminded me of my shortest date.  I had been set up with a beautiful Mormon girl who was a doctoral student in French, and I took her to a nice... read on

  • Conversion: Spirit vs Reason

    By Mark Paredes

    August 5, 2013 | 11:53 pm

    But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have... read on

  • Wolpe vs Naim: on gay marriage and barking dogs

    By Mark Paredes

    July 15, 2013 | 12:13 am

    After responding to private inquiries sent to me over the last few weeks asking for my view on the Wolpe-Naim Affair, I’ve decided to express my thoughts in this essay. In a nutshell, Conservative Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in LA recently announced that his synagogue would... read on

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